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Equestrians Perform Well at Recent Show

By Candice Mcelroy
Team Member

On Saturday the equestrian team competed at the Mount Ida College Equestrian Center in Dover, Mass. The team competed against twelve schools including local colleges such as Harvard University, Tufts University and Boston University, as well as schools from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Julie Oberweis '99 placed second in her novice equitation over fences class. Kristen Landino '02 earned a third place in the open jumping division on a very difficult horse. Jenny Lee '02 earned a fourth place in the intermediate division over fences.

On the flat, team captain Candice McElroy '99 placed fourth in novice equitation. Cynthia Randles '99 had a strong showing in the beginner walk-trot division and earned a fifth place while Nina Kutsuzawa '00 placed fifth in her first show since qualifying for the beginner walk-trot-canter division. Landino placed fifth on the flat against some tough competition in the open division.

Two MIT riders, Junlin Ho '99 and Sara Etemadi '01, were named reserves on the flat in novice and advanced walk-trot-canter equitation respectively.

Equitation classes judge the rider's ability and not the horse. In intercollegiate competitions, horses from the host school are randomly assigned to all riders. This presents riders with the challenge of riding with the correct form while learning to control an unfamiliar animal.

The team will continue training at Arrowhead Stables with coach Kate Alderfer-Candela in preparation for the final competition of the fall season hosted by Boston University on Nov. 14.